For those thinking this country has gone post-racial, take a look at what happened in Jackson, Mississippi. According to Hinds County district attorney Robert Shuler Smith, James C. Anderson, 49, was beaten and killed by a group of white teenagers from a predominately white town who had been at an all-night party but decided to drive to Jackson looking for some African-Americans to “mess with.”
These boys did not simply mess with Mr. Anderson. They beat him to a pulp while at least one yelled “white power!” And when they were done beating him they ran him over.
The murder was caught on video tape from a nearby motel. Witnesses told police that one of the suspects laughed and bragged about the murder. Two teenagers, Deryl Dedmon and John Rice, both 18, have been charged in the murder.
According to the district attorney, both boys have a history of harassing white teens who had black friends and would also harass gay teens.
The attorneys for the boys don’t believe race had anything to do with the attack and friends have started a Facebook page to argue for his innocence. Family members have taken the defense one step further and are arguing that the boy is the victim of reverse racism.
So far the victim’s family has remained quiet in the face of such an unimaginable tragedy. Here’s hoping they can find some peace, that this is an isolated tragedy and that Mississippi is not, in fact, breeding a new generation of sociopathic racists.
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